Ahead of his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather, UFC Lightweight king Conor McGregor’s is motivated by the challenge of beating Mayweather, not the money, according to his coach John Kavanagh
Although Conor McGregor is marketed as charismatic with an unhealthy obsession with money and three piece suits, ‘The Notorious’ is also a dedicated student of combat sports and, mixed martial arts, in particular.
McGregor is expected to make $100 million for the bout – far beyond what he’s ever earned in the UFC.
“It’s not money that’s motivating him anymore,” Kavanagh said. “[Instead of fighting] he could very easily make similar money from doing some movies or doing endorsements. It’s the challenge. That’s why he’s in the gym laughing every day. If he left the gym now and stopped fighting, what would he do with his free time? You can only sit in one car at a time, you can only have one meal at a time. Eventually you want to do something that’s enjoyable to you. And that would be Conor drifting back into the gym. It’s what’s enjoyable to him.”
“The motivation for this fight was not money, though of course it’s nice to be well paid for what you do. It was the challenge. And to be told again it’s impossible to do what he’s saying clearly what he is about to do.”